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Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
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Apr 23, 11

bookshelves: historical-fiction, my-favorite-character-died, classic, plays
Recommended for: Shakespeare Lovers!
Read from March 27 to April 03, 2011 — I own a copy

I didn't expect to like Julius Caesar. For some reason I expected it to be one of Shakespeare's histories. Nevertheless, it soon became clear to me that I had stumbled upon an utterly enthralling tragedy. After reading Julius Caesar I've come to realize that there is no way on earth that I will ever be able to pick my favorite Shakespeare play! It just isn't possible! How could one man create so much amazing work (of course there is speculation about whether he wrote it all, but I don't care much for doubting Thomases).

Julius Caesar is not so much about Caesar as it is about those "less" than Casear. It clearly displays how envy can turn to murder, how ambition can end in death, how goodwill can be taken as something else. The plot to kill Caesar is simple, swift, easy even, but you can't kill Caesar and get away with it. Brutus killed Caesar for the good of the Rome, but the others killed for themselves, for greed, for ambitions sake. Julius Caesar is one of the best Shakespearean plays I have read. More Shakespeare now! I just can't get enough!
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Quotes Gorfo Liked

William Shakespeare
“Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!”
William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare
“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”
William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare
“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him;
The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is oft interred with their bones,
So let it be with Caesar ... The noble Brutus
Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath Caesar answered it ...
Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest,
(For Brutus is an honourable man;
So are they all; all honourable men)
Come I to speak in Caesar's funeral ...
He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man….
He hath brought many captives home to Rome,
Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.
You all did see that on the Lupercal
I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And, sure, he is an honourable man.
I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.
You all did love him once, not without cause:
What cause withholds you then to mourn for him?
O judgement! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason…. Bear with me;
My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
And I must pause till it come back to me”
William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar


Reading Progress

03/27/2011 "saw the play realized the book had to be better, so now here I am reading my 12th shakespearan play!e"
04/02/2011
75.0% "This is heavy stuff but I like it! I might rd more of his histories!"
04/03/2011
100.0% "Fantastic! And so quotable too!"

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message 1: by Caitlin (new)

Caitlin K was your favorite character julius caesar?


Gorfo nope not at all


message 3: by Caitlin (new)

Caitlin K just checking....


Gorfo Caitlin wrote: "just checking...."

also review coming soon. just don't have time right now


Nana I agree with you,Shakespeare is the best! No one after him could write so well,as William did :)


Gorfo Nana wrote: "I agree with you,Shakespeare is the best! No one after him could write so well,as William did :)"

Yay!


Brooke Who's your favorite character?


message 8: by Gorfo (last edited Jul 16, 2013 07:11PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Gorfo Brooke wrote: "Who's your favorite character?"

To be honest I didn't realize I liked Caesar until he died. For all of his noble reasons, the fact that Brutus betrayed Caesar does not diminish the evil of the act. Caesar was his friend. He should've brought his worries to him instead of going behind his back, and as a result of his dishonesty they both died


Yakub Medici >For some reason I expected it to be one of Shakespeare's histories

Well... It was.... I'm not sure what you mean there, although I agree with your appraisal.


Gorfo Good catch!


David Sarkies You'll find that Shakespeare based a lot of his work on historical events, but as he became a lot more mature as a playwright the events that he used were incredibly vague. I also wonder how one man was able to write so many masterpieces.


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